05 April 2012

Fitzgerald Launches Dublin West Child Care & Learning Services in Clondalkin

Minister Frances Fitzgerald this week launched the Dublin West Child Care and Learning Services and the Dublin South National Early Years Access Initiative at an event held in the Louis Fitzgerald Hotel. The launch was attended by Mayor Jones and childcare providers from Lucan, Clondalkin and Tallaght.

Dublin West Child Care and Learning Services is a merger of four Community Childcare Services located in Clondalkin and Lucan. Staff from each of these four services, Kosy Kids in Deansrath, Limetree in Bawnogue, the Bush Centre in Foxdene and the community childcare facility in Quarryvale, were on hand to help celebrate the launch of the project.

Speaking at the event the Minister for Children and Youth Affairs said she was delighted to be joined by so many people who care so much about children and childhood.

“Chatting to the staff from these community childcare services, I was genuinely struck by the energy and enthusiasm around this project. The findings of their work will contribute to our National Early Years Strategy. This project is all about collective learning and looking at practices to identify the ideas which can be rolled out nationally and see what gaps, particularly in the area of training, can be closed,” said Minister Fitzgerald.

Minister Fitzgerald paid tribute to the local organisations including the CPLN and South Dublin NEYAI and childcare providers who came together for this initiative and commended the “palpable enthusiasm for this fantastic project”.

“Only this month, Cabinet approved the first National Early Years Strategy for children from birth to six years. This is the first ever such strategy. At last we will have a comprehensive, co-ordinated approach to policy in this area. The results from work, such as this initiative, will be fed into policy and that is of crucial importance. Policy needs to be practical and it needs to be informed by practitioners,” said Minister Fitzgerald.

“As Minister for Children and Youth Affairs I am making a special effort to listen to people who are working on the ground. I’ll continue to support these fantastic projects and look forward to seeing the results of their work,” concluded Minister Fitzgerald.